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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

First Baptist Church would like members to submit their favorite recipes for the church’s centennial cookbook. Also they are gathering addresses of members who have moved away to invite them to the Centennial Celebration April 26-27, 2014. You can email firstbc@wtrt.net.

Registration for the SonShine School is now open. School days are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. till noon. Registration fee is $40. If you have questions call the church office at 250-3933.

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Parmer County Retired Teachers and School Personnel and spouses met June 25, 2013 for the annual ice cream social at the home of Von and Nancy Edelmon. There were 28 folks enjoying ice cream and cookies inside in the cool air conditioning. Nancy said they usually meet outside but it was just too hot.

At the start of the meeting President Sharon White led a brief discussion about business of the group. Nancy said we encourage all Parmer County Retired teachers and personnel to become an active member in the local group. She said situations at the state level are changing and we all need to be kept informed. For information on joining contact Nancy or Sharon.

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The Cheeseburger Cook-Off and Festival and Car and Motorcycle Show are all planned for Saturday July 20 at the Friona city park. Cost for a bracelet for one cheeseburger and chips is $7.00. Chamber board members and volunteers will be selling the bracelets in the park’s gazebo. Cheeseburgers will be available to the public beginning at 11:30 a.m. Kris Gordon and his band will be performing in the afternoon. The Friona Noon Lions will be selling their world-famous French fries. There will be lots of vendors and activities for all ages so plan to come out and have some fun. Might want to bring a chair and a fan.

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The often postponed and long-awaited Chieftain Masters Golf Tournament will be held Saturday afternoon July 20 following the Cheeseburger Festival. Cost is $240 for four man team, scramble format. Tee time is 2:00 p.m., live music to follow. Prizes, mulligans, and burgers too. Sign up by calling Coach David Woods at 806-670-6962 or Coach Mike Prokop 806-760-8998. This is a fundraiser for Chieftain basketball.

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Miss Taryn Jamerson, an FHS graduate, was named to the West Texas A&M College of Education and Social Services Dean’s Honor Roll for the Spring 2013 semester. She is the daughter of D’Lynn and Rick Jamerson. Outstanding Taryn, keep it up.

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As soon as Gov. Perry announced he would not run again, media outlets like the Friona Star started receiving press releases from Tom Pauken as a governor candidate. He is the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, is married with seven children, and an SMU graduate. Mr. Pauken says he is a Reagan Republican, not a Bush Republican. No doubt we will be hearing plenty from Mr. Pauken and others as they line up to run for governor in 2014.

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Leigh Monroe has sold her home and moved to Abilene seeking new opportunities and adventures. Leigh was the high school secretary for several years and of great assistance to us here at the newspaper throughout the school year. We wish her well. The new high school secretary is Imelda Saucedo. She is a Friona High graduate and we look forward to working with her. Good luck to both Leigh and Imelda.

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Well I went over to the Bovina 4th of July celebration. They had a nice parade and some food in the city park. The parade grand marshal for many years has been C.E. Trimble. He led the parade carrying the US flag and riding his horse. But he said at the age of 24-years the horse died so C.E. led the parade, with the flag, on the back of Eldon Reeb’s red T-Bird convertible. At the park I bought a fajita burrito plate from the Cantu family and laced it good with their pico de gallo (with hot jalapenos), and homemade salsa. When I asked if the salsa was hot the lady just smiled. I brought it home and sat down with napkins and a box of Kleenex nearby and enjoyed every spicy bite.

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Dogs don’t like fireworks. Never thought about it until this year. The SPCA lady in Amarillo told a TV station that every year after 4th fireworks they take in many lost dogs who have run away from the booms of the fireworks. Dana and Bryan Campbell’s little pooch ran away but he showed back up the next day dirty, tired, and hungry.

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Many thanks to our Friona volunteer firefighters who once again fired the Friona fireworks for the 4th of July show. The evening of July 4 there were reports of fireworks all over town. Kept the police running around. Happens every year. Maybe it is time to rethink the ‘no fireworks in town’ ordinance.

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The firemen were dispatched about noon last Saturday to a reported grass fire along Hwy 60 near Cattle Town. Not sure they ever found one. If so it wasn’t very big.

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Official weather guy John Gurley said we received .29” of rain overnight last Saturday. I never knew it rained until I stepped out the front door into a puddle Sunday morning. We have had some nice rain this year. Let’s hope it continues.

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Carolyn Wiseman said about 100 folks attended the Murphree family reunion at Lake Proctor last week. Lake Proctor is near Comanche, Texas. Carolyn posted many photos on her Facebook page.

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Happy anniversary to you Clarence and Peggy Monroe. Guess how long they have been married. How about 56 years this week. Clarence must have robbed the cradle as the saying goes. All the best to you both.

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Former Frionans Coach Bob and Deirdre Ferguson are settled in their home in Spearman where Bob is the defensive coordinator and head girls track coach. They moved to Spearman from Paradise and we are glad to have them back in the Panhandle. Also, Blair Smiley has moved to Spearman and will teach there. Blair is getting married August 3. Good luck to all of you.

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The High Plains Water District Board is organizing County Advisory Committees to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors. It is a one-year term with consideration to be re-appointed. No more than two year term though. Persons in Parmer County interested in serving on a County Advisory Committee are encouraged to contact the district’s Lubbock office at 806-762-0181 for more information.

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As of the July 2013 Prairie Acres newsletter, there are 12 residents at Friona Heritage Estates and 45 at Prairie Acres. Velma Schlenker is a new resident at Heritage Estates and Donny Campbell is a new resident at Prairie Acres. The PA resident-of-the-month is Gorman Hand. The employee-of-the-month is Bertha Mendoza who has worked in the housekeeping department since 2004.

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The sign at the junior high says, “Students, got your shots?” Guess it is time for parents to start getting ready for back to school. Get those shots and school supplies. The Hereford city wide garage sale is this Saturday, July 13. Good to go! Until then!

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